In this candidate profile, I spoke with Sarah Olbrich about her background and the experiences that led her to run as a candidate for Mt. Lebanon School Board.
When asked to explain why she’s running, here’s what she has to say:
I’ve decided to run for school director because I care about Mt Lebanon, the schools, and our children. Our community has a strong history of academic achievement, and I want to help ensure that continues by being an advocate for our children and my fellow parents. The critical challenges that we as a school district face in the coming years include, among others: 1) addressing capital projects to improve and maintain our facilities, 2) monitoring our investments in resources and curricula that will prepare our students for post secondary education and the modern work force, and 3) ensuring fiscal responsibility at all times.
I recognize that ages 5 to 13 represent a critical developmental time for a child’s academic success, their relationships with others, and an understanding of the world around them. We need to make sure that our schools are providing the tools and programs necessary for all our students to succeed at the elementary, middle, high school levels and beyond.
Sarah has three young children. Her oldest is a current second grader at Jefferson Elementary. Her middle child will join him at Jefferson in the fall when he enters kindergarten, and her youngest is 2 years old.
She has a BA degree in Biochemistry from Colby College in Waterville, ME, and she holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a focus on Maternal and Child Health from the George Washington University.
Accomplishments & Acknowledgements
She was a program assistant at the National Office of the American Lung Association where she managed a national grant program for childhood asthma and programs in schools. Sarah also served on the Parents Advisory Council of the Magee Women’s Hospital NICU.
Sarah has been an active member of the Jefferson Elementary community; as a home room parent, parent volunteer, and PTA Yearbook Chair. She is an active member of Temple Emanuel, and a home room parent at the Temple’s Early Childhood Development Center.
Support Sarah Olbrich
If you’d like to support Sarah and the slate of Democratic candidates for Mt. Lebanon School Board, visit their website for more information or to volunteer for the campaign: www.LeboEd.com.
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